Thursdays Thanks

I recently read an article about staying out of the hum-drum, down and out, lower than a snakes belly, sadly sobering depressed state of mind, that many slide into without realizing it’s consuming them, until they are fully shackled…*whew*…

One of the suggestions was to grab a notebook or pad, a pencil (no computer typing), and lay it on a bedside table. Each night before hitting the sack, list 3 things you are thankful for. Just 3…don’t try to over-do it. Upon rising in the morning, write 3 more things you are thankful for. That’s it!Elements Thankful pic 2

Before you know it, you will be focusing on the good things in life, and just possibly, the not-so-good will be obliterated, and rarely brought to mind.

SO…this morning, wanting to include my husband in this adventure of mine, I asked him what he was thankful for. Surprised at this inquiry, he hesitated. “Well, there’s a lot I’m thankful for,” he said. “Just tell me one thing,” I replied. With a cautious grin on his face, he told me he was thankful for a warm house. HA! That was also my first thought. It’s an easy one to think of while looking outside at the snow and knowing the cold it brings. Who wouldn’t be, right?

But to get serious for a bit, I’m thankful for him. Thankful for my Dennis. From the beginning of this journey in the beauty industry, my Dennis has supported me, rarely questioning my decisions as an entrepreneur (of sorts). The house and property we purchased (after being married a little over a year), had a much desired, attached 2 car garage. Little did we know that it was going to be a tool that God would use for so many things. It took me only 2 years to claim it for redesigning into my first, privately owned business. After $11,000 for the makeover (that was a LOT in 1978), supplies ordered in (more money), and a success plan in place, Mary’s Place was birthed. Thank you, honey.

We have traveled down several roads since those days, but looking back, I can see the stepping stones that were placed for us, because of my husband’s willing heart. Motherhood closed the doors of Mary’s Place for a few years…until Goodrich (my husband’s workplace) closed their doors at the Miami, OK. store, in 1986…then it was necessary to re-open the salon, until 1994 when we made yet another choice that would take us down a very long road. For the next 7 years our lives became a roller-coaster, then in 2001 we jumped off. Back into the beauty industry I went. I rented a space for 6 months, then left there, to open South Side Salon, at the tune of $10,000 just to get it up and running. I leased the building at 108 A South East, in Miami and it needed a lot of work before I could use it. After 2 short years, break-ins caused me to move the business to a safer spot. I found a building on North Main Street that boomeranged back to us after refusing the first offer. Within the first year, after using $6,500 of the businesses income to update the place, we purchased the building and the lot it sat on. I stayed there and continued to improve it’s appearance, inside and out. After 8 years, and a lot of building improvements (new roof, siding updated, new windows and doors, outside columns and steps, awnings), we made the decision to move to North Carolina to be closer to our girls. Where yet another business found it’s new beginnings…

And that’s another story for another time…today, I’m thankful for all the beginnings my husband has allowed.

Be thankful, Passionistas!


The Beauty of Skin

I had a young lady stop by the salon on New Year’s Day. She held my business card in her hand, as she asked the question, “What does it mean to be a skin care specialist?”

I had gone to the salon to take Christmas decorations down, rearrange and eliminate, clean and re-think the business known as Elements Salon. The doors were not open for business and no one was there, being it’s New Years Day. I have been toiling over, what seemed to me, the slow growth of my fairly new business in Apex. Questioning God as to the direction He was taking me and what was I not seeing? What else could I do to bring in the needed clients?

Elements Making a DecisionI have tried to figure out how to incorporate the skin care line, that I used and sold during the last 7 years, while living in Oklahoma. Space just won’t allow it yet, in the suite I now rent in North Carolina, and since my client base isn’t quite large enough to warrant a geographical move I’m left with only one domain within which to create and depend on.

It’s true that the business of hair has been my catalyst for all other elements in the beauty industry and has carried me through many years. Yet, if there was a way to bring back the opportunity to address the needs, and conditions of skin…I would.

Was the question presented to me by this misplaced young lady, another confirmation to find a way to incorporate skin care into my existing business? What would I have to do to create needed space? And most importantly, how would I create enough interest in having a stunning complexion when foot traffic is low? I’m fairly sure I could address the needs of my existing clients, without all the needed equipment for a full set up. Most of them have really great skin and would only need an at home maintenance program, with very few needs. For these clients, they would enjoy a simple 30 minute to an hour-long facial that would promote cellular activity and decrease pollution that attaches itself to our skin, while others could use corrective treatments. If they knew I could diminish, and in some instances, completely do away with, hyper-pigmentation (also known as liver spots, sun spots, age spots), Rosacia (red, thin skin with visible capillaries), dehydration (tight and wrinkle prone), or acnaic (excessive sebum-pooling), they would be in my facial room this week.

Well…it’s certainly something to process and look for a solution. My purpose in business is growth. I not only love what I do, I cherish those that come my way. It’s like that one AT&T commercial (I think…not sure what the advertisement was for…I just love them) that aired last year (2013), where the little girl says, “We want more. We want more.” Greedy? Nope. We just want more of what we love. 🙂

Happy New Year to all my peeps (do we still say that)! See you soon…